Taylor Had Terrific Game And Scored Great Goal

Joe Kinnear is pleased that Steven Taylor came back from an off day against Blackburn Rovers, to be our man of the match last Sunday, when he scored one and made one.

Steven Taylor – man of the match on Sunday

Taylor was at fault when he allowed Samba to beat him to a free kick, and head the ball easily past Shay Given, against Blackburn at St. James’ Park in our previous game.

Kinnear watched both games from the stands, and he saw enough of Taylor in the Blackburn game to know he could trust him, although he switched him to right back, when Beye was injured, and brought in the experienced Cacapa alongside Coloccini on Sunday against Everton.

46% of our readers thought Steven was man of the match last Sunday, with over 800 total votes in, and he gave a sterling display, especially in the second half – and by the way there’s still time to vote if you haven’t yet done so.

Kinnear was delighted with the lads on Sunday, and so he should be, especially for their display in the second half, when with a little bit of luck we may have just shaded it.

Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I don’t want to ask anyone to play out of position, but when Habib Beye told me he just wasn’t ready that’s what I had to do with Taylor.”

“I know he is a central defender but he went in at right-back without any complaints and I thought he put all the previous problems that he has had behind him.”

“He was probably our man of the match at Goodison Park in a lot of respects.” “He had a terrific performance, and a terrific game. He scored a great goal.’’

Good and accurate words from Kinnear, and of course Steven is now off to captain the England Under-21 side, in their playoff games against Wales for next year’s European Under-21 Championships in Sweden.

Comments welcome.

39 comments so far

  • Stevo

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    I wouldn’t get too carried away! A good performance and a goal in ONE game isnt gonna convince me that his terrible inconsistent performances of recent are now a thing of the past.

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Well said Stevo. We need consistant good performances. The City match is not going to be an easy one – thats for sure. But hopefully our squad will have some additions. I for one cant wait for Beye and Jonas to be back on the pitch.

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Best defender in europe

  • Whumpie

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #4

    He’ll remain inconsistent for at least another three years. How consistent is anyone under the age of 25? And let’s not forget that centre-back is one of the positions most demanding of experience and a level head.

    I think any manager has to be ready to rest him out, keep his head level and treat him appropriately for his age – even though he’s one of our longest-serving players.

    Cracking right-back, I thought. Great to have that cover for Beye, having failed to sign anyone suitable in the summer.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 8, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    well done on scorin’ (excellent Geremi cross btw)
    & settin’ one up…BUT, he is a defender, that’s where he seriously needs to improve!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Well said Stevo.

    He has a great game OFFENSIVELY v Everton but he was still poor defensively.

    Whumpie – Many.

  • J Tudor

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry but I’m not convinced, why did Nicky Butt have to make the challenge at the right side of our box? because Taylor the right back wasn’t there!! Fair enough he scored and created 1 and we would not have had a point without him this time.But how many points has he cost us both this season and last? What was he doing on the left for his goal in the first place? Stuart Pearce only likes him coz he’s full of heart and commitment which is great but without the footballing brain to go with it. I hope Collicicni has a new partner come January and Taylor is used sparingly in an expericed defence to try bring his football education on. Look at Micah Richards and David Wheater they are both young centre backs and make far less errors than Taylor.

  • neeraj

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #8

    whta do you expect taylor to be terry or ferdinand of newcastle at 22, then you have to provide the kind of situation that requires a player to be at his best…..

    in three yrs of playing time he has had first decent defensive partner…..

    when colo does mistake its because of midfield, and when tayls does a mistake we have a chelsea midfield…..

    he is the only one who has talked positively in the last month, abt team performing better….

    he already has played some bad games………
    at least get behind him when he had such a grt game last week, rather being skeptical abt it….

  • neeraj

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #9

    he had a bad game defensively….

    1. joe pineaar was the only player he was marking, and he hardly had to anything with both the goals

    2. he wasn’t marking pineaar, arteta and baines at same time

    3. there was a cross from his side of defense which resulted in a goal, if it hadn’t probably would have gone unnoticed

  • I want Steve Bruce in, Along with Amir Zaki, Valencia and Palacios(GG7)

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #10
  • Davies

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Fortunately, he has time to improve in the areas he’s where his ability is lower than it should be.

    I like a defender that wants to score goals. I know it’s not the priority, but it shows a fighting spirit that I think we really need at the moment.

    Well done lad.

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom_Toon give the kid (& that is what he is in centreback terms) a break & get off his back. What a prat you are, you’ld never get a job scouting for anyone.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Ageordiedoonsouth – are you for real, 1. why would i want a job as a scout, 2. anyone outside of the football world getting a job like that it is almost impossible, grow up!

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #14


  • Spyro - Taylor is garbage

    Oct 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Good performance by Taylor, he was a due a good one after all of the shockers he has had recently. However, i expect him to get back to his awful ways next time he plays at CB.


    Oct 8, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #16

    im not his biggest fan .. but …. good performance – leave him at right back!!

  • xisco biscuits

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #17


  • J Tudor

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Micah Richards is about 20-21 and so is David Wheater and I would swap Taylor for them any day. We were saying the same about Bramble for years until he got moved on when he couldn’t fulfil his potential (still making the same mistakes) and he wasn’t even from Newcastle, how many years will we be saying the same about Taylor??

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    That’s where he got his 1st game under SBR, ain’t it?.. v bolton, ouch!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #20

    While i like the maraudin’ defender, up the wing etc…Their 1st priority has got to be defense!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #21

    CB’s from other teams frequently have a mare, but alas, they don’t get anythin’ like the crap ours get from the turgid pundits et al…

  • normski1930z

    Oct 8, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #22

    tell ye what gg7 thats very interesting from talksport like…..

  • JJ

    Oct 8, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Blog on Taylor andthe usual bunchof tossers take it apon themselves tohave a go…
    Taylor is without a doubt one of the top ten defenders in Europe for his age.
    If he takes another three years to perfect his trade he will still only be 25.
    He is not much older yet still far above the likes of Edgar, Kadar, etc in ability and experience.
    He has all the attributes and most importantly the passion and leadership to succeed.
    He may believe he is better thanhe is, but that is only because he is yet to play next to a centre back who has taken command of him in defense, and thus has taken the role apon himself far earlier than he should have.
    He should not have the responsibility he does in defense at his age and I still believe Newcastle should be investing in one more commanding experienced centre back (Colo is commanding in play but not in attitude)…
    In this regard I believe someone like Richard Dunn would have been fanstasitc for him to learn from… But Ashley/Wise knew better than Keegan…

  • JJ

    Oct 8, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Also makes no sense why we let Faye, go. Taylor seemed to play very well along side the big commanding senegalese man…

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #25

    ‘Taylor is without a doubt one of the top ten defenders in Europe for his age.
    If he takes another three years to perfect his trade he will still only be 25.
    He is not much older yet still far above the likes of Edgar, Kadar, etc in ability and experience.’

    JJ = Deluded.

    There is no way in hell he is the top 10, i ould probably name you about 30 better and 10 better in england!

    Edgar is poor and Kadar is only just 18 and already recieving international call-ups.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 8, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #26


  • Jude

    Oct 8, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

    ok Ed, ….rrr..personally…i’m tired of floggin that old dead horse…can’t u post something else…

    yeah the guy did good on the day..so what?….if he doesn’t take his mistakes outta his game..he’ll still remain shite…

  • Heavy hitters

    Oct 8, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Taylor couldnt tie Johnny Evans’ bootlaces as a CB, some deluded views about Taylor. He will never be a class defender but is beyond criticism in some eyes, very good at his own PR though.. If he must stay at Newcastle play him on the right in midfield but if he plays CB he will continue to be the total liability he has been for years.

  • J Tudor

    Oct 8, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Dont get me wrong I would love to see Taylor become one of the top centre backs in England but I think when he matures he will be an average premiership centre back, not too bad but pretty average. These type of players unless paired with a world class defence and holding midfielder will not win you any silverware but will just about hold there own in the prem. Squad player at best!!


    Oct 8, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #30

    Probably the best in Europe.Get a brain.
    He wouldn`t be the best in the Championship.


    Oct 8, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #31

    Tom_Toon i agree with u about Tayls,he has got time on his hand.He is not that great yet and is like Warren Barton with all the howlers he makes.
    Hopefully he will learn and get better with time.
    We definitely need midfield cover for our Defence as Butt aint up to it and teams are just pushing him aside after half an hour leaving our defence totally open.
    Joey can do the job if he stays on the pitch

  • Brutooooon

    Oct 9, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Look at these other CBs:


    They ALL are better than steven taylor simple because they are CAPABLE to keep clean sheet. look at the table and look at the amount of goals we concede….even with shay given at the post, we still concede lots of goals.

    At the age steven taylor now, he doesnt progress like the rest such as terry,carragher,king, woodgate(exception maybe)…

  • Jasar

    Oct 9, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #33

    He’s doing great in newcastle. He just needs to focus more on the game so he could score more magnificent goals

  • Guinea Mag

    Oct 9, 2008 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #34

    Steve Taylor makes mistakes, true; but he’s in a very poor side with limited cover.

    I’m confident he’ll make it to the top and represent England one day. Hopefully, he doesn’t have to leave Newcastle to achieve this!

    Come on guys, he’s young and needs our support not criticism….

  • ToonEskimo

    Oct 9, 2008 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #35

    I’m fairly sure Taylor started out as a striker, and when he wasn’t quite good enough was converted into a defender, nowhere near as good as he thinks he is but still has plenty of time to improve IF he’ll listen to anybody…..

  • Spiderman

    Oct 9, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #36

    still dont like taylor at all, and i think he has got potential but it wud take him 2 seasons to sort himself out. The problem he has got is that he thinks he is Rio, but he is far from that standard and he is not willing to learn he thinks he knows best but as he has shown not only this season but the last 3, he clearly doesnt. wudnt mind him in my squad, but i definately dont want him in our first team!

  • hanzowen

    Oct 9, 2008 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #37

    yeah thanks to his great offensive effort in that game against Everton. Unless we can get another 1 or 2 better quality CBs soon, he can be our CB or RB in our team for that is all we have got right now.

    To me, he is still pretty much a liability as he always has been simply because of his inconsistency to defense as any a top CB. Sure give him time to develop but be ready to drop him if it is good for the team.

  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 9, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #38

    and i wonder how he become so over rated, chronicle headline, “taylor praised for turning around nufc season”. So there you go, he done it single handedly!! Lord give me strength, he is a liability!

  • daydeburt

    Oct 9, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #39

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